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... Merc pulls up to my layover hotel in Old Town (Hotel Century) and after being checked in by the lovely Lenka, I hit the room, shower up and then get back out to have a look around. I realised soon enough, that I had been awake for about 22 hrs and was exhausted. My headache was kicking me hard, so I squeezed in a Pork knuckle and a Pilsner Urquell before crashing about 8.30. The plan was to get up early and do as much as I could before I flew out for ...
... town and i stocked up for tonight with 30p pint bottles of beer so ill be drunk of a few quid so can't complain!! We had a bit of time to kill before our tram and as it had just started raining we decided to pop in another bar for a quick pint... We finished these off just before 5 and headed out to the tram stop which was directly outside, in the past 15 mins whilst we were inside, light rain had again turned into a massive storm, it was lashing it ...
... and the Jewish cemetery (grave sites that were stacked 11 people high due to lack of room), the Old town with the Astronomical clock and the New town (Nove Mesto).
Today was very exciting as we headed off on a day trip to Kutna Hora, which is an hour out of Prague, and is a little city where you can view the Sedlec Ossurary, a Roman catholic church that holds 40,000 to 70,000 skeletons. The bones have been used to decorated and furnish the church. This is nothing like ...
... in the Old Town so I took the metro at Malostranska to the other side of the river.
The large open square in the middle of the Old Town was filled with people at this hour. There were food stalls and outdoor restaurants, tourists and locals resting on benches, and even horse-drawn carriage rides! From there, I walked to the historic Charles Bridge just in time to witness a beautiful sunset. The city glowed orange. ...
... them to their hometown the following morning. We spent an awesome day swimming in an empty quarry in the country side in Lipnice, and checking out the town where he grew up. It was beautiful and the old square of the town reminded me very much of Lund. In the evening we met up with his classmates at a local brewery (beer is huge in Czech, makes sense since they pretty much invented it) and then we all went out dancing afterwards which ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Yasmin Prague
We stayed here for a long weekend in April and found it a perfect place to stay - central enough to walk everywhere but hidden from the noise of the bars and cafes. The reception is very friendly and speak English perfectly, and the breakfasts are amazing.
It's also a stunning-looking place, with a clean modern funky look - though the minimalist sleekness was done rather overboard in our room. For example, visitors should remember to bring their own alarm clock, as the room clock is built into the TV set and only comes on when the TV is on.
Also, bring your own soap ... they only supply a glamorous-looking body wash which of course doesn't actually work.
Only real issue was the twin room had tiny tiny single beds and they are right next to one another, so there really isn't much space or privacy.
Was traveling on my own through Europe for two weeks in March 06 and booked this hotel online. Got a great rate, since they just opened. I almost didn't take it, because it was so new and I was afraid they would still be working out the kinks. But I checked out Trip Advisor and saw two glowing reviews, so I tried it. And I'm so happy I did!
Room was large, very cool and spotless. The bathroom was huge by European standards, too. Staff was very friendly, completely bilingual in English, and helpful. Hotel is just a block from St Wenceslaus Square and an easy walk to Old Town Square.
The free breakfast was one of the best I've ever had at a hotel. I also ate dinner there one night and had a great meal for a very reasonable price.
Go there before the prices get too high!
New hotel, good location
I read positive reviews about this hotel and decided to go with it based on the fact that it was new and in the center of Prague. I suggest you take the Cedaz van to get there after you exit the airport - it will cost 480kc for 1 person or 240 kc each for more than 1 but it's cheaper than the Prague Shuttle and efficient. The room was very quiet, comfortable, modern and clean and the breakfast had hot local fare as well as traditional cereals, fruits and pastries. My only complaint was that some of the conceirges tried to push day tours on me even though I just wanted bus and train schedules. You can do everything on you own and I strongly recommend getting a metro ticket and riding throughout the city to made the most of your time since there are so many wonderful places to visit. The hotel staff spoke English but were rude when there was a problem with them making my return confirmation with Cedaz on my return trip which was eventually resolved through the company and not by the hotel - therefore, book your own tours and any transportation - do not take taxis as they are expensive, unnecessary and unregulated. Overall the trip was well worth it and it was nice to come back to a clean and up-to-date room at the end of a busy day.
My husband and I have just come back from Prague and I would like to recommend this hotel to anyone planning to go particularly if you want to be close to Weslesquare and the Grand Opera house which is a couple of minutes walk away.
This is a new hotel and so you can image our slight concern that maybe it wouldn't be finished but I must say it exceeded our expectations. The room was spacious and well presented the lobby bar was a very relaxing place to sit and talk or read and the food was very good.
Normally the food and drink in a hotel restaurant is expensive but we found that compared to other places we ate during our stay that it was one of the best for value for money and so was the drink, I think a half pint of beer cost around 60p ( what a bargin).
The hotel is also only a ten minute walk from the old square with all it cafe culture.
We would definately stay here again if we were to return.
What a Find!
My boyfriend and I stayed at Hotel Yasmin for 3 nights in March. Since the Maximilian Hotel cancelled our original reservation 24 hours before our departure, I was excited to have discovered Yasmin on gridskipper(-) The introductory rates were most appealing as I was unsure of the location as compared to the bulk of Mala Strana and Old Town hotels discussed in my tour guide.
Wow, was I wrong! We loved the location - granted, we were interested in some off-the-beaten path sights, like TV Tower and the neighborhood of Vinorady. However, we were surprised how walkable Prague is- even the castle seemed a short 20 minute (and fantastically picturesque) stroll!
Also, as New Yorkers we are used to late-night snack places and found few non-bar/lounge establishments open past 10 PM. What we did find (a 24 hour burrito spot, a bakery, the movie theater) were located in the Yasmin neighborhood. We realized staying somewhere like Mala Strana would have been a death-sentence for our 3 AM jet-lag-induced city strolls.
Also, the hotel staff were all very eager to please. I arranged for a bottle of champagne to be placed in the room - which it was - for an extra 10 EU. A friendly - if silent - driver picked us up from the airport as arranged by the hotel as well (highly recommended).
Our room was of medium size, facing the courtyard. At first, I was disappointed we didn't have a street-front view. But after hearing the inexplicable chirping of birds every morning, we realized the quieter side may have been a plus.
The design and furnishings were clean and modern. A hip aesthetic, if a little theme-oriented. The bathrooms are great - roomy and sexy in all black tile. A big bathtub, too.
What we were most impressed by, embarrassingly, was the breakfast! A huge spread every morning with juice, coffee, pastries, fruit, hot sausages and eggs, yogurt... the list goes on. Since we were on a budget, I admit I swiped a few pastries for a mid-afternoon snack. Despite observing me stuff a few strudels in my purse, they didn't comment - another plus to a hotel's staff. We were disappointed that breakfast was shut down at 10:30. An 11 AM finish would have been a little more accommodating.
In addition, the hotel felt comfortably populated but not overcrowded - and at least for now, it didn't feel overrun with hipsters and scenesters.
We would definitely return to the Hotel Yasmin. It suited all of our needs and surpassed our expectations. Highly recommended as a unique alternative to the traditional Prague experience.
Quirky and Cool!
Stayed at the Yasmin for four days in mid March and had a perfect stay. Staff were excellent, very friendly and they all had a real `can do' attitude with nothing being too much trouble for them. The hotel is very modern and funky and looks much better than the artist impressions on the website. Being brand new the rooms are comfortable, spotless and well designed. The only minor downside is that the pillows are hollow fibre,lack support and seem rather cheap compared to the quality of the rest of the hotel. The bathrooms are in mostly black and whilst very masculine are well designed, plenty of nice toiletries.
Breakfast was good with great freshly baked croissants, a selection of hot food, cold meats, fruit etc. Dinner in the `Noodles' restaurant was excellent and a real bargain - as were drinks in the bar! Quite amazing when you consider the thought and design of the hotel. Overall a great hotel and one I would thoroughly recommend if you like ultra modern, quirky design - those big red furry things around the hotel sure are strange!
Brilliant funky hotel
The best hotel we've ever stayed in - anywhere. Rooms are very good value at the moment since they have introductory offers. Funky design, a bit space-age but nicely done. Breakfasts were great, wouldn't recommend dinner there though, service was a bit too over the top for us. Cocktails were surprisingly good value, one bartender mixed perfect mojitos. One tip though, don't ask the hotel to call you a taxi to the airport - the firm they use rip you off.
This hotel was an excellent base to see Prague, it is in an ideal central location and we didn't need to use public transport once as everything is easily reached on foot. The hotel itself was ultra funky and modern, one of the best we've stayed in. Staff were very friendly and couldn't be more helpful - and all spoke English! The bar and resturant were well priced - cheaper than nearby bars and resturants which was a suprise, and the buffet breakfast was a feast! We'd recommend the traditional Czech dishes served in the resturant however, their 'Thai' and 'Chinese' dishes were not as nice. Rooms very swish, with huge windows and cool black bathrooms. If ever we go back to Prague we'll stay here and definately would recommend to friends and family. It was brilliant value for money and shop about on the net for a good price - there was a saving of over £100 varying on different sites. Also search for 'Prague Airport Shuttle' and you can book a great taxi service who meet you and take you to your destination for a bargin price of about £15 - alot cheaper and safer than picking up an airport taxi, plus they speak excellent English and point out the places to visit and answer any questions. The hotel looks just like it's pictures on the net, and it's sauna was a welcome relief from a cold day in the snow! You won't be disappointed with Hotel Yasmin.
Awesome hotel. Staff ultra friendly, went out of way to make stay perfect. breakfast yummy! design of the rooms funky! totally recommend the place, would def stay here again!
Excellent Hotel, and lovely staff
What an excellent hotel. Its central, clean and contemporary, and all the staff were friendly and efficient. It made for an enjoyable stay!